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Projects & Proposals > Brooklyn > 4th Avenue Printer Friendly Version
Special 4th Avenue Enhanced Commercial District - Approved!
Existing Zoning


Existing Context
The portions of Fourth Avenue to which the proposed Special Fourth Avenue Enhanced Commercial District would apply have been rezoned in recent years to encourage a medium density mix of uses, beginning with the Park Slope North rezoning in 1994 which rezoned the blocks between Atlantic Avenue and Warren Street to R8A/C2-4.  In 2003, the Department rezoned approximately 110 blocks of Park Slope, including 39 blockfronts to R8A/C2-4 and R8A on Fourth Avenue.   The Department followed up this rezoning with its 2005 South Park Slope contextual rezoning, which applied the R8A/C2-4 and R8A district designations on an additional 12 blockfronts along Fourth Avenue.   Park Slope and South Park Slope are predominantly residential neighborhoods with a historic rowhouse context on the side streets and moderately larger multi-family apartment buildings on the avenues ranging generally from 6 to 12 stories.  The block frontages along Fourth Avenue that would be governed by the proposed special district are zoned to permit buildings up to 12 stories after a building setback. Several new buildings which have been built since this portion of the corridor was rezoned to R8A now dot this wide corridor, alongside existing 3 and 4 story rowhouse apartment buildings, some single family home, commercial and automotive uses, and a number of schools, churches and other larger community facilities.

Mixed Use - 4th Avenue at Bergen Street
Mixed Use - 4th Avenue at Bergen Street
Residential Block - 4th Avenue and 10th Street
Residential Block - 4th Avenue and 10th Street
P. S. 124 - 4th Avenue and 13th Street
P. S. 124 - 4th Avenue and 13th Street


Since the area to which the proposed special district regulations would apply has been rezoned in recent years, the character of this portion of Fourth Avenue has slowly been changing from that of an arterial thoroughfare lined with automotive repair and commercial uses on the northern blocks to a more mixed use neighborhood, with higher density apartment buildings up to 12 stories in height beginning to line the avenue alongside associated retail and service uses such as new cafes and restaurants.


4th Avenue and Butler Street
4th Avenue and Butler Street

4th Avenue and 7th Street
4th Avenue and 7th Street
4th Avenue and 19th Street
4th Avenue and 19th Street


The area is well served by mass transit with the M, N, and R subway lines running below Fourth Avenue with stations at Pacific Street, Union Street, 9th Street and Prospect Avenue.  The F subway train stops at 9th Street and Fourth Avenue, and several bus lines run in the vicinity with connections to Manhattan and other parts of Brooklyn. 


Existing Zoning
Existing Zoning Map
Exisitng Zoning Map - PDF Document View a larger image.
Of the 56 blockfronts on Fourth Avenue to which the proposed Special Fourth Avenue Enhanced Commercial District regulations would apply, 52 are zoned R8A with a C2-4 commercial overlay. There are four blockfronts that are zoned R8A without a commercial overlay which are developed with houses of worship or schools.  The R8A zoning district on Fourth Avenue is a contextual zoning district that permits residential and community facility uses; no changes to the underlying zoning district regulations are proposed as part of this proposal.  The maximum floor area ratio (FAR) for residential uses on the portions of the study area between Atlantic Avenue to 15th Street is 6.02 FAR.  Between 15th Street and 24th Street, the R8A district permits a maximum FAR of 7.2 for residential use if affordable housing units are provided.  For residential development that does not include any affordable housing units, the FAR is limited to 5.4 FAR.  Community facility uses throughout the proposed special district area are limited to 6.5 FAR.  Above a base height of 60 to 85 feet, buildings must set back before rising to a maximum building height of 120 feet.  The contextual building envelope regulations would apply to all types of development, regardless of use or density.

C2-4 zoning districts are commercial overlays mapped within the R8A zoning district to which the proposed special district regulations would apply. C2 districts serve local retail needs and permit a range of uses including grocery stores, restaurants, and repair services.  In mixed buildings, commercial uses must always be located below the residential use.  The FAR for a C2-4 zoning district is 2.0 or one commercial floor in mixed residential/commercial buildings.

The proposed Special District regulations would not have any impact on the underlying zoning district regulations, which would remain R8A/C2-4 or R8A where applicable.






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